phpMyAdmin allows you to import databases up to 256 MB (sometimes a little less, if the database has a lot of rows). If importing with phpMyAdmin failed, you can import your database using SSH. Here are the steps:
Step 1 - Preparation
- Upload the database (file in .sql format ) to public_html (you can do it via FTP).
- Create a new database or clear the one you plan to import into.
- If you are not confident in the exact value of your database password - change it.
Step 2 - Connecting
- Connect to your hosting account via SSH
- Make sure you are in the correct directory (public_html). To do this, run the command ls. If you are in a different directory, you can use ls and cd commands one by one. For most sites, the path will look like this:
cd domain.com (where domain.com is your domain)
- If the database backup is displayed - great, go to the next step.
- If you do not see the backup file, double-check with the File Manager if the file is indeed uploaded and placed to the public_html.
Step 3 - Import
To import the database, use this command:
mysql -u database_username -p database_name < file.sql
If the parameters of your database are:
- MySQL Database name: u123456789_database
- MySQL Username: u123456789_admin
And the uploaded file is database.sql, then the command will look like this:
mysql -u u123456789_admin -p u123456789_database < database.sql
After that you will need to enter the database password - the importing process will start immediately. The import will take some time depending on the size of your database. When it is completed, a new line will appear:
This line means that the importing process is done, you will see your database tables in phpMyAdmin 😊
That’s it! Now you know how to import your MySQL database.